Quote of the Day: Fred Dooley
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
- Inigo Montoya
Occasionally I pick on Fred Dooley, who writes the poorly titled Real Debate Wisconsin blog. In reality there is very little debate that goes on there, and Fred has a nasty habit of banning those who offer contrary opinions. However, because of his stubbornes, picking on him can be entertaining as he will never, ever change his mind to the point of absurdity.
Anyway, Fred can be counted on to parrot the conservative talking points of the day, and last Friday, he wrote this:
Obama spoke in Milwaukee just after the Virginia Tech shootings...
Now he is in Milwaukee just after the tragedy at NIU yesterday...
I know what Fred was trying for here. He was probably not trying to say that Obama causes mass shootings. He was probably trying to be glib and funny. Unfortunately, it's pretty obvious that he does not know what the word "Karma" means.
kar·ma /ˈkɑrmə/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kahr-muh] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. Hinduism, Buddhism. action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation: in Hinduism one of the means of reaching Brahman. Compare bhakti (def. 1), jnana.
2. Theosophy. the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation.
3. fate; destiny.
4. the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something.
You see Fred, Karma implies causation. I know that you did not mean to write that Obama caused mass killings, but that's what you did. Also, making light of mass killings is not funny.
I attempted to correct Fred on this point as I would not want such a sound-bite appearing on my blog (unless I was quoting someone else, of course), but he would have none of it.
So maybe Fred does think that Obama causes mass killings.